You just unwrapped a shiny iPhone. That’s probably the best feeling to welcome the New Year, and something to smile about.
The next step is to install some apps to get you started. While you could just install the apps you’re familiar with, this is a great time to try something new. It doesn’t matter whether you’re rocking a new iPhone SE or iPhone 13; here are some apps that are just better than what came pre-installed in your iPhone.
1. Spark Mail
Listen, Apple’s mail app is perfectly fine. Google’s Gmail is marginally better. Microsoft’s Outlook is a favorite of many for a reason. But Spark Mail is solid, simple, and easy to customize. This mailing app gives you the option of toggling on smart notifications. You don’t receive notifications you subscribed to years ago.
2. Facebook Messenger
Whatever your take is in the social network of record, Facebook’s Messenger is without equal. Messenger can be used in any endpoint device; you don’t need a phone number to use it. The app works on every platform, unlike iMessage. Facebook messenger has many cool features like video chatting, audio calling, and mobile payments.
Apple makes it easier for users to customize their phones with iPhone 14, offering easier methods and new widgets for custom application icons. One of the biggest names around when it comes to the iPhone is Widgetsmith, which lets users add quotes, texts, images, and more. Widgetsmith can be integrated with smart icon swaps, and you have a perfectly customized iPhone.
The pandemic has made it hard to access libraries and physical bookstores. But if you have a smartphone, you can get to the best thing: Libby, which lets you borrow audiobooks and eBooks from the local library. The app is a superior reading application to enjoy books without a dedicated endpoint like Kindle.
TikTok has exploded to become the most downloaded app on the planet, with everything from comedy sketches, internet memes, and a fully-fledged musical. Without a doubt, it’s the most fun place on the internet. When you add in an algorithm that marginally displays videos perfectly suited to your tastes, you’ve got almost unlimited content to watch.
Twitter is a horrible way to spend your time these days, but if you can’t tear yourself away from Twitter, you’ll want a Tweetbot that makes Twitter less boring and interesting. Tweetbot displays the tweets of those you follow in the order they tweeted. There are no promoted tweets or ads and powerful mute filters to block noise. Thanks to Twitter-friendly API tweaks, there are no notifications to ping you to return to the app.
If you want to stick to your resolutions and be more active and productive this year, no app does it better than Strava. You don’t need a smartwatch or a fitness tracker; Strava supports many activities, including staples like walking, biking, and running. Strava has third-party integrations, making it easy to use and a hub for your exercise goals. Alongside challenges that allow you to earn points on fitness gears, Strava has several safety features and many ways to measure your progress.
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